ROTARY Club of Warrnambool Central has celebrated raising more than $1 million during the past 25 years at a dinner on Saturday night.
Club president Matt Northeast said about 80 people attended the 25th anniversary dinner in the Matilda Room at the Warrnambool Racing Club, including seven charters members — Clive Bray, Bill Quinlan, Ian Brown, Bruce Ludeman, Brian Dillon, John Hutson and Ashley King.
“It was a terrific night of celebrations. It was fantastic for everyone to really enjoyed a social event when there was no focus on trying to raise money,” he said.
“We are all very proud that we have been able to raise more than $1 million over the past 25 years. Our major achievements have included support for Rotary House, the community garden hub, there was $160,000 contributed to AquaZone and our community raffle each year is a major fund-raiser.”
Mr Northeast said past Rotary district governor Alf Swan, his wife Helen, assistant governor Judy Ross, Warrnambool mayor Mike Neoh and Cr Jacinta Ermacora all attended the dinner.
“We had five past presidents address the gathering to reflect on five-year periods.
“Two members were also recognised as Paul Harris Fellows, one of the highest honours in Rotary. One was charter member 25 Ian Brown, the washing machine man, and also hospital pharmacist Brian Dillon.
“On the lighter side there was also plenty of reminiscence of the days of billycart racing with mayor Michael Neoh,” he said.